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# In general, jobs are harder to get in times of economic

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In general, jobs are harder to get in times of economic recession because many businesses cut back operations. However, any future recessions in Vargonia will probably not reduce the availability of teaching jobs at government-funded schools. This is because Vargonia has just introduced a legal requirement that education in government-funded schools be available, free of charge, to all Vargonian children regardless of the state of the economy, and that current student-teacher ratios not be exceeded.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

A. The current student-teacher ratio at Vargonia’s government-funded schools is higher than it was during the most recent period of economic recession.
B. During recent periods when the Vargonian economy has been strong, almost 25 percent of Vargonian children have attended privately funded schools, many of which charge substantial fees.
C. Nearly 20 percent more teachers are currently employed in Vargonia’s government-funded schools than had been employed in those schools in the period before the last economic recession.
D. Teachers in Vargonia’s government-funded schools are well paid relative to teachers in most privately funded schools in Vargonia, many of which rely heavily on part-time teachers.
E. During the last economic recession in Vargonia, the government permanently closed a number of the schools that it had funded.
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11 Oct 2007, 08:24
I go for B.
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11 Oct 2007, 15:15
what is wrong with "C"
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11 Oct 2007, 15:34
A - If during the last recession the government was able to employ a higher ratio of student to teachers then there currently are now in a stable economy, then that means the cost per teacher per student was higher during the last recession then there is now. Since the cost per teacher per student is lower now during good economic times there is reason to believe that the government will be able to maintain at least the current ratio of student to teachers.
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11 Oct 2007, 18:35
JDMBA wrote:
A - If during the last recession the government was able to employ a higher ratio of student to teachers then there currently are now in a stable economy, then that means the cost per teacher per student was higher during the last recession then there is now. Since the cost per teacher per student is lower now during good economic times there is reason to believe that the government will be able to maintain at least the current ratio of student to teachers.

Very nice! I read this choice backwards so I ignored it.

Agree.
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11 Oct 2007, 19:20
A. The current student-teacher ratio at Vargonia’s government-funded schools is higher than it was during the most recent period of economic recession.

Agree with A after a lot of thinking. A is the only one to claim that during a recession, they maintained low student-teacher ratios, which is not allowed to increase during recessions according to the law.

I thought it was C at first, but now i notice that just because there are more employed teachers today, it does not mean that during a future recession, they will be able to maintain the student-teacher ratios.
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11 Oct 2007, 19:32
wow.. i got tricked by answer C. nice explanation for answer A.
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11 Oct 2007, 19:46

A - This is a tempting choice, but it doesn't provide any information regarding the potential future student population (which is the only thing that will tell us anything about the prospects for teachers in the government-funded Vargonian schools).
C - Another tempting choice, but, again, it gives us no useful information.
D - Irrelevant.
E - This choice turns out to be irrelevant, too.

A difficult CR question, to be sure. Here's the logic--The Vargonian government has guaranteed the availability of a free education in government-funded schools to ALL Vargonian children and set the requirement that the current student-teacher ratio must be maintained. So, from this alone, we can see that an increase in the number of students dictates the hiring of additional teachers. In B, we find that onequarter of Vargonian children are enrolled in private, non-government-funded, schools (because the economy is so good and everyone is so rich). Even though these children are not currently enrolled in one of the government-funded schools, they retain the legal right, according to the argument, to a free education in one of these schools on-demand. One can infer that in an economic recession, many of the "rich" families might not be quite so "rich" any longer. Thus, some percentage of those students currently attending private schools might return to public (government-funded) school, under times of economic difficulty. And, as we found earlier, under the new law, more students means more teachers must be hired (to preserve the current ratio), which makes this the choice that most strengthens this argument.
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11 Oct 2007, 20:18
I dont see why A is correct, B says that as the economy worsens..the ration of student to teacher will rise as these private schools are expensive...

B it is..
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22 Oct 2007, 08:48
bkk145 wrote:
In general, jobs are harder to get in times of economic recession because many businesses cut back operations. However, any future recessions in Vargonia will probably not reduce the availability of teaching jobs at government-funded schools. This is because Vargonia has just introduced a legal requirement that education in government-funded schools be available, free of charge, to all Vargonian children regardless of the state of the economy, and that current student-teacher ratios not be exceeded.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?

A. The current student-teacher ratio at Vargonia’s government-funded schools is higher than it was during the most recent period of economic recession.
B. During recent periods when the Vargonian economy has been strong, almost 25 percent of Vargonian children have attended privately funded schools, many of which charge substantial fees.
C. Nearly 20 percent more teachers are currently employed in Vargonia’s government-funded schools than had been employed in those schools in the period before the last economic recession.
D. Teachers in Vargonia’s government-funded schools are well paid relative to teachers in most privately funded schools in Vargonia, many of which rely heavily on part-time teachers.
E. During the last economic recession in Vargonia, the government permanently closed a number of the schools that it had funded.

I went for B too!!

here are some links that say OA is C
http://www.gmatclub.com/forum/t10132?&h ... t=vargonia
Re: CR   [#permalink] 22 Oct 2007, 08:48
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